Male figure from a model

Middle Kingdom, Dynasty 11 or 12
2061–1783 B.C.


Height x width: 16.4 x 5.4 cm (6 7/16 x 2 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



This figure from a wooden model depicts a standing male individual with left leg lifted and bent slightly at the knee. The figure is clothed in a short kilt with a sash over the left shoulder, painted white. The skin is painted a deep reddish-brown. A short wig is painted black. Both arms are missing. The “feet” appear to have been carved as pegs for attachment to a larger model composition; one has a break. The eyes appear to have been accented with black paint. The head is slightly damaged.


By 1836: Robert Hay Collection, Linplum, Scotland; 1863: to his son, Robert James Alexander Hay; 1868-1872: Way Collection, Boston (purchased by Samuel A. Way through London dealers Rollin and Feuardent, 27 Haymarket); 1872: given to the MFA by Samuel's son, C. Granville Way. (Accession date: June 28, 1872)

Credit Line

Hay Collection—Gift of C. Granville Way